I thought I would jazz things up a bit and make a post other than an award/book tag or book review. So I will be discussing which book covers I prefer between the U.K. and U.S. versions.
Without further ado, let’s get into it!
1) The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
First book cover is U.K. – Second book cover is U.S.
I think both of the covers are clever because it’s supposed to look like a moving train and they are both very similar in that aspect. I prefer the U.K. version compared to the U.S. one because of the font style and how it’s stretched to resemble a fast train going by rather than the letters in the U.S. version which, in my opinion, doesn’t look as good. Also, I really like the caption snippet on the front of the U.K. cover “You don’t know her. But she knows you.” I don’t know about you but that definitely gives a mysterious, gripping urge to want to pick this book up and find out what happens.
What would you have changed about the covers?
I would have added a silhouette of a woman on the train, to stick to the title of the book, as I think that would’ve created a mysterious factor to the cover because you wouldn’t be able to see her features, so you’d still be able to conjure up your own picture of what “the girl on the train” looks like in your imagination.
2) Caraval by Stephanie Garber
I absolutely adore both of the book covers for Caraval in their U.K. and U.S. versions! Let’s start with the U.K. (the first book cover); it’s absolutely gorgeous, with sparkly writing and stars on the book. I love the unique style for the spine of the book when it’s half black and half white. I like the colours used in the U.S. book cover with the deep red and the sparkly blue star. I like how the font has more swirly parts but overall I think they were more creative with the U.K. version and I prefer that one because of all the different unique elements the book cover has to offer.
3) Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The first book cover is the U.K. and the second book cover is the U.S. version. I prefer the U.S. version by far! I love how the headphones intertwine to make the ‘&’ sign in the title of the book and it’s so simple yet means so much. Especially the fact that they are close together. Whereas, on the U.K. version I love the colours but I’m not a huge fan of the design of the book cover. I do love the little snippet caption that says “You never forget your first love…” but besides that it didn’t win me over.
4) It by Stephen King
I haven’t read this book (yet). I will buy it and read it one day but for now the 1,100 page book will keep intimidating me until I get round to doing so. Swiftly onto the book covers, the first on is the U.K. and the second is the U.S. version. As I have seen the most recent movie adaptation of It, I obviously know what the story is about. From knowing this, I prefer the U.S. version with Pennywise’s jagged tooth smile over the U.K. version with the mysterious sky setting and the child running with balloons. I do like the U.K. version too, but I feel as though it doesn’t really give the genre away to the reader. I feel as though it looks more like a murder mystery story than a horror novel.
5) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
I adore both of these covers so much! The first is the U.K. and the second is the U.S. version. I love that the Hogwarts Express is featured in the U.K. version, as well as Harry flying his Nimbus 2000, trying to catch the Golden Snitch in the U.S. version. The only thing that stands out differently on these covers are the words ‘Philosopher’s’ and ‘Sorcerer’s’. So I guess, I’d have to go with the U.K. version (being a Brit and whatnot) that I prefer!
I hope you guys enjoyed my book cover opinions! Which book covers did you prefer? Let me know in the comments below.